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Batman begins again. Part two.,
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This review is from: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 2 [DVD]  (DVD)
An animated Batman movie that is an adaptation of the graphic novel Batman Dark Knight Returns TP. A work that was one of a few that helped redefine the comic genre back in the 1980's and was one of the first 'graphic novels'.
You should be able to get into this if you've not read said graphic novel. But this adaptation is a two parter, and this dvd is just the second half. It follows right on from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 [Blu-ray] [Region Free], and doesn't do much to bring new viewers up to speed. So start with that rather than this.
Parents do note this is a very violent movie and well worthy of the fifteen certificate. But as they said when the graphic novel first came out: 'DC Comics aren't just for Kids.'
The story sees the forces of authority putting ever greater pressure on Batman to end his war on crime and submit to justice. As he fights to keep Gotham safe in the face of increasingly strong opposition, he has other problems. The Joker's back. The world is edging ever closer to nuclear war. Plus an old friend is now a government lap dog. And he has orders to bring him down.
This is basically a four act story, and there are great set pieces in each. Michael Emerson [Ben from 'Lost'] voices the Joker and turns in a brilliant performance, full of understated crazy menace. Mark Valley [Christopher Chance in the tv show 'Human Target'] also makes a great impression as Bruce's old friend. A sadder and wiser take on said character than we're used to.
As an adaptation it's pretty faithful, managing to get a lot of material from the second half of the graphic novel into the seventy three minute running time. The pace is superb as well, keeping you really hooked throughout.
Certain political elements from the 1980's do show up, and as a result do feel rather dated. But that's only a minor complaint.
A superb adaptation of a classic work in it's field, these two dvds are well worth a watch.
This dvd has the following language and subtitle options:
Languages: English, French, German, Castilian Spanish.
Subtitles: English, Castilian Spanish, French, German.
The only extras are two trailers/previews for other dc comics animated movies. One for part one of the Dark Knight returns. And one for the new Superman movie 'Superman unbound'. Both run roughly nine minutes each. As usual these don't show footage from the films, but use images from the comics and interviews with cast and crew and some soundbites.